杜文瀚、杜劉玉潔代禱信 (81)2018年8月

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主,我們順利提交簽証的申請。適逢八月頭學校有假期,也是我們一家準備辦理簽証續期的時間,應移民顧問的提議,我們到開普敦提交申請表,辦理過程順利。期望兩個月後可領取新簽證。
        多年前,我們在杰弗里斯灣(Jeffrey’s Bay)認識了一個家庭,曾向他們傳福音。最近,再次跟店主太太分享福音。傾談之間,她表示自己很害怕黑暗,也害怕死亡。藉此我們告訴她,耶穌勝過罪惡、死亡,只要信靠祂,接受祂作救主,祂賜我們力量勝過黑暗。她接著表示願意接受主,也開聲禱告接受主,我們和她一同禱告。過了一週後,再次探訪她時,她說心裡沒有以前那麼害怕了。感謝主奇妙的工作,求主堅固她的信心。
        在距離伊港300公里的東倫敦探訪華人,他們都樂意有聚會,求神帶領日後聚會的安排。當地華人更向我們表示,這裡有三十至五十名孩童,之前的中文學校停辦了,他們希望繼續有中文學校讓孩子學中文。這實在是一個很大的異象,很大的需要。求神感動有心志的中文教師,一同加入團隊,到這裡為主作見証,藉辦學榮耀主,並向家長傳揚福音。
        中文學校已上了軌道,8月5日開始一個新學期。日常教學工作和家長的探訪工作繼續進行。願主使用這平台,把人帶到神的面前。請繼續為老師的招募祈禱,求神預備合適老師,因著教師的流動,我們常常需要新老師。如果你願意來伊港與我們同作主工,教授漢語拼音中文,請聯絡中福團各地區辦事處。

中文學校學前班 孩子們齊學拼音

中文學校學前班
孩子們齊學拼音

        長者團契繼續隔週聚會。他們大部份是早期來南非的移民,有少數是土生,粵語和英語為主。他們在退休之年,仍然殷勤查考聖經,熱熾團契生活,他們的生命實在成為我們的榜樣。求主堅固祂手所作的工。最近邀請了一個家庭參加長者團契,請為他們禱告。

長者團契聚會

長者團契聚會

代禱事項:

  1. 為我們全家的簽証續期順利祈禱。
  2. 為初信主的那位店主太太的信心祈禱。
  3. 繼續為中文學校的需要和發展祈禱,使用這平台傳揚福音。
  4. 為未信主家人身心靈健康祈禱。

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        黃老姐妹夫婦早期在南非經營生意,這次重返南非退休,是少數的逆流移回南非的華人。黃先生是位知書達禮,溫文儒雅的長者,是化學專業的商人。他的科學知識淵博,和他聊天很增長知識。多年來他都陪著太太聽道,目的是來教堂感受寧靜平安的氣氛,聽一些人生的道理。他對基督教的真理不反對,但卻感受不深。他說上帝道理的頻率和他的領悟頻率不同,所以沒有接受福音。但是,他聽道卻很認真,會把不清楚的聖經歷史故事的前後參閱一下。他說他常和太太教會的傳道人聊天,是一個很親切而且有趣的慕道友。求主給我們有更多的機會和黃先生建立良好的關係,也求主給我們智慧的話語闡明救恩的真理,使他明白神的救贖,早日歸主。

        梁先生夫婦經同事介紹來到教會聚會。由於他們居住較遠,加上有時需要加班,所以不能固定的來聚會。多年來,我們與他倆保持交往和聯繫,有空時,總會去探訪他們。上個星期去探望他們,才知道最近他們一位家人突然去世,前幾天他們夫婦又遭到搶劫,萬幸的是人都安然無恙。受驚嚇後,他們情緒不佳,所以我們第二天再去安慰他們。安慰他們之後,他們突然提出表示願意對基督的信仰做更深入的了解和投入。我們建議他們安排時間上真理課,開始學習真道。感謝主,神在他們心中動工,使他們有心要明白福音。要與人做朋友是傳福音的基礎,傳福音之前需要許多的交流和了解。你的福音對象必需了解你的善意和真誠,你明瞭他們的需要,才能將生命之道傳給他們。我們對福音對象的關心,等待可能長久,但是我們的付出絕對不會枉然。請為梁先生夫婦代禱,讓他們能安排時間學習真道,也賜他們悟性和智慧學習,早日歸主。

        我們在開普敦的事工,由於時間的限制,每月只能停留半個月。由於交往不能持續,每月都間斷兩週,事工常感到停頓多於持續。感謝主,由於事工的調整,七月中到八月中我們連續在開普敦逗留了四個星期,這段時間連續不斷的交往和聚會,把我們和教會成員的關係拉近了不少。上個月,教會中一對弟兄姐妹需要返回中國辦理一些事務,他的家旁邊是他的物業,需要人幫助照顧和巡察一下。原本他們安排可以代為照顧的兩個人都搬遷走了,他們就請我們幫助。我們不是最適合的人,因為他們住在一小時外的小鎮。但由於臨時需要可信任的人幫忙,我們還是同意了。他們回中國後,事情不斷,房頂漏水,租客搬遷,車子發不動,電表要充值等等。他們感到很不好意思,但是這個事件就使我們的關係更近了,我們「賺到」一個勸服他們的特權。因為幫助這位弟兄,服事了他,他深感我們對他的關心,他就更願意聆聽我們給他的勸導。他的生活本來缺乏紀律,克達勸導他,他聽了。現在,他願意改變飲食,戒除惡習,運動鍛練和讀聖經。請你為這位錢弟兄代禱,求主堅定他,使他持久以恆,成為一個有節制敬虔的信徒。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 請繼續為南非西開普敦省需要的雨水祈求。感謝主,今年冬雨使水庫存水回增到百分之五十三,但是乾旱的問題仍然持續。
  2. 請為南非事工需要多位宣教士,求主差派代禱。
  3. 請繼續為各個教會中的慕道友禱告,不同的慕道友有不同的難處。求主改變他們的心態,看見自己需要上帝的拯救。求主賜我們智慧的話語勸導他們。
  4. 請繼續為我們所服事的教會和同工代禱。由於事工地點增加,我們在每個城市服事的時間顯得不足。
  5. 請為我們外出各地事工時,行車和出入的平安代禱。

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克達、雅麗        
二零一八年八月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        Sister Huang had her own business in South Africa before but had moved back to Taiwan years ago. This year, she and her husband decided to move back and spend their retirement years in South Africa. Mr. Huang is a well-educated and well-mannered gentleman.  He was in the chemical engineering field and was a successful businessman.  He is very knowledgeable, and one can learn so much from talking with him.  He had been accompanying his wife to church for years.  His purpose is to feel the peacefulness in church and to hear some life philosophy.  He said that he has no objection toward Christianity, but his mind does not seem to be in sync with God’s frequency.  However, we notice that he is very attentive and will read beyond the sermon passage to try to understand the message.  He also told us that he used to spend time chatting with his wife’s pastor.  He is a very serious and interesting seeker.  May the Lord grant us more opportunities to form a good relationship with him and wisdom to explain the truth to him in a way that he can comprehend God’s gospel and be saved.

        Mr. and Mrs. Liang were introduced to our church through a colleague.  Since they live quite far away and often need to work over the weekend, they only come to church once in a while.  Over the years, we keep in contact and visit them from time to time.  Last week we visited them again at their office and found out that one of Mr. Liang’s close relatives just passed away.  They also mentioned to us that they were robbed a few days ago.  Fortunately, they were not hurt, but they were really shaken.  Therefore, we paid them another visit to their home the next day.  After being calmed down, their conversation turned into a request to know more about Christianity.  We suggested that we can come to have regular Bible lessons with them and explain the truth to them in more detail.  We praise the Lord for moving their hearts to want to know the gospel.  The first step in evangelism is to build friendships in order to gain mutual understanding.  They need to know that we truly care about them.  Only when we know their needs that we can show them how Jesus is THE answer for them.  We may need to wait a long time, but that will be all worth it.  Please pray for them that they can find time to start the Bible lessons, and may the Lord grant them understanding to grasp the essence of the gospel and be saved.

        As we can only be in Cape Town during the latter part of each month, it is quite difficult to bond with our brothers and sisters in the church.  Last month, due to some adjustments to our other ministries, we were able to spend a whole month there.  The continuous contact and fellowship did pull us closer with each other.  Last month, a couple needed to return to China to take care of some personal business, they were in need of someone to take care of their home and rental property.  The two persons they had in mind had moved away, so they asked if we could help.  Actually we were not the best candidates; we live more than an-hour drive away, and we are not familiar with their town.  Since there were no other people they could trust as well as it was in such a short notice, we agreed to help.  After they left, one thing happened after another—the roof leaked, a tenant moved out, a new tenant needed to move in, the electricity meter was running out, etc.  They felt so indebted, and our relationship had since changed.  We “earned” the privilege of a respected counselor!  Due to our willingness to serve our brother, he felt our genuine concern for him.  He was willing to accept our advice.  The brother used to live an undisciplined life.  Ko-Ta suggested to him the various changes he could make, and he listened.  Now he is changing his diet, giving up bad habits, exercising and spending time reading the Bible.  Please pray for Brother Qian.  May the Lord strengthen him to persist in making these life changes in becoming a godly and disciplined follower of Christ.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Thank God that our dams are now at 53% capacity. Please pray for continued rainfall in Cape Town.
  2. Please pray for more missionaries to South Africa.
  3. Please pray for the seekers in our churches. Each one needs to face different issues.  May God work in their hearts to see their need for His salvation.  May the Lord give us wisdom to help them.
  4. Please pray for the three churches we serve and the co-workers in the churches as we can only spend a fraction of time in each church.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的禱伴,主內平安:

        在我們宣教的這些年間,神帥領我們進入南非不同的群體和地方,開荒植堂,作個人佈道,關懷及教導,在過程中常經歷到神奇妙的作為和信實。

神成就的事超過我們所想所求

        萊索托福音教會於八年前成立,信徒大多從中國福清來南非經商,刻苦耐勞。但由於近年南非的經濟每況愈下,滙率下跌,有很多信徒都覺得生意經營艱難,於是又舉家遷返中國定居。縱使教會不斷添了一些新朋友,但人數仍是很波動,我們的內心總有一些失落的感覺,更擔憂的是這些羊群在各種環境的衝擊下,是否仍能堅持他們的信仰。然而,我們的神從不打盹,祂的恩典常存,祂的國沒有窮盡。我們最近接到一些回流中國的弟兄姊妹消息,他們從萊索托返回中國後便自組了一個查經小組,又在社交平台上建立了一個群組,凝聚一些新朋友,在彼邦又開始燃起福音的火焰。

        身為炎黃子孫,我們一直對跟華人傳福音很有負擔,但神並沒有為我們開中國大陸的門,反而呼召我們服侍南非的華人,在中國的版圖以外作工,想不到因著人口流動,福音可以從遙遠的南非延伸至中國,我們又怎能不驚嘆這位奇妙策士的作為呢!

神有恩典憐憫

        紐卡索華人基督教會是我們服侍的另一個工場,最近教會有多位弟兄姊妹探訪唐先生,並迫切的為他禱告。事緣於一位在南非經商的鍾弟兄返台灣探親,他在台灣一間教會崇拜聚會時遇到該教會的牧師,牧師得悉鍾弟兄從南非來時,立刻問弟兄認不認識他的弟弟,原來牧師的弟弟在新堡工作多年,但一直沒有機會認識福音,於是牧師要求鍾弟兄探訪他的弟弟。鍾弟兄把這件事告訴我,我便帶同一些弟兄姊妹前往探訪,唐先生非常友善,對福音也很開放,當天下午便來參加我們的聚會,求神軟化他的心,讓他能得著救恩。

感恩:

  1. 感謝神的眷顧,國內的福清查經小組得以成立
  2. 為唐先生有機會接觸福音感恩
  3. 為神賜我們有健康的身體可以為主作工

代求:

  1. 在今年復活節期間,紐卡索華人基督教會有三位姊妹受浸,求神帶領她們的靈命長進。
  2. 我們現時牧養三間教會及帶領多個查經小組,求神感動弟兄姊妹或傳道同工願意前來南非參與服事,無論是短宣(一個月或以上)或長宣,協助講道,教導,探訪,培訓,開長途車等事工。
  3. 約堡福音教會將於八月十九日舉行慶祝教會成立七週年崇拜,同日有嬰幼孩奉獻禮及多項活動,請記念籌備工作,能榮耀主名。

        願我們同心合意興旺福音,直到主來!

國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎

探訪唐先生(右三)

探訪唐先生(右三)

為姊妹施浸

為姊妹施浸

紐卡索華人基督教會三位受浸的姊妹

紐卡索華人基督教會三位受浸的姊妹

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        感謝主,今年的冬雨給久旱的西開普敦省帶來不少雨水,紓解了缺水的情況。但是,限定每人每日用五十公升的節水指標仍然在進行中,因為水庫現在僅回升到百分之四十的水量,求主賜給西開普敦省更豐沛的冬雨。在面臨大自然的變遷和災害時,更看見人的渺小和有限,我們應該轉向創造天地大能大力的神來幫助我們。我們人生中的大小事都要帶到神的面前,祈求祂的幫助。

        小琴姐妹的丈夫在基督徒世家出生,少年起在南非長大,上帝及信仰對他都不重要。婚後,他的妻子被婆婆帶來德班教會,她不久即信主受洗,也認真學習,在主裡成長,是個好姐妹。結婚後久未懷孕,公公婆婆都沒有給她壓力;但是,親友們的兒女都有孩子了,只有她沒有動靜。我們和她一起祈求,也用親身看見的見證鼓勵她不要失去對主的信心。感謝主,她現在已經是兩個男孩的媽媽了。她一直向丈夫作見證,丈夫漸漸有所改變,也願意祈禱,上個聖誕節也陪妻子來聚會。

        上兩個星期我們在外地,小琴姐妹向我們發出代禱急件說丈夫受槍傷,傷勢情況不明,請我們代禱。後來我們回到德班,才知道神行了奇事。那天小琴丈夫的配槍意外走火(他開保全公司),子彈從大腿射入,沒傷到血管和神經,而且神奇的轉了九十度沒有打到膝蓋骨(如打到可能跛腳)。醫生及助手看到X光圖片都稱神奇,神行奇事保守了他。

        神在古時行奇事,今天也行奇事;祂在南非行奇事,也在我們的身旁行奇事。我們相信祂在我們的身上也會行奇妙的事,願意人人都去與人分享上帝奇妙的作為。小琴的丈夫因為妻子的信心、見證和代禱,建立了信心的基礎。我們應該常常為我們的配偶祈求,也幫助鼓勵我們的配偶在主裡成長。

        我們初到開普敦時,一位在贊比亞(Zambia)的宣教士經由香港友人引薦和我們聯絡,因為他們教會中有一位姐妹要從贊比亞來南非開普敦求學。鄭姐妹就這樣來到我們的教會,她的父母和全家在父親的好朋友引領下信主。她把握機會參加教會的聚會,不斷的成長,下個星期將完成她的學習返回贊比亞。

        接人送人是宣教生涯的常事:我們在中轉站服務,有時引人歸主,有時陪人走一段人生低谷,有時施與無償的幫助,不停的指引人歸回神的道路,是一個卑微又神聖的工作。事實上每次的付出都有意義。你是否也願意聽主命令,來到水深之處撒網捕魚?

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 請為南非事工需要多位宣教士,求主差派。
  2. 請繼續為我們所服事的三個教會代禱。也請為教會的同工代禱,求主賜他們信心、愛心及耐心。
  3. 請繼續為南非西開普敦省需要的雨水祈求。
  4. 請為教會新來的慕道友劉女士得救禱告。前幾個星期她的丈夫從友人處買了一尊偶像,原本不攔阻她參加聚會的丈夫,這星期日就不准她來聚會了。
  5. 請繼續為我們出外往各地事工及行車的安全代禱。

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一八年六月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        We thank God for giving us much needed rain in Cape Town.  The dams are only around 40% full, so the water restriction of 50 liters/person/day is still in place.  May the Lord continue to send rain for the rest of the season!  Before weather changes and natural disasters, people appear to be so insignificant and powerless.  We need to turn to our Creator, the Almighty God, for help.

        Sister XiaoQin’s husband grew up in a Christian family.  He came to South Africa to join his parents in his early teens.  However, God and religion were not important to him.  XiaoQin married into his family and started to come to our Durban church with her mother-in-law.  Soon after, she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized.  She was eager to learn and growing strong in her faith.  However, she was not able to conceive.  Even though her in-laws did not give her any pressure, seeing her friends becoming pregnant one after another made her feel discouraged.  We prayed with her and shared with her many testimonies of sisters in similar situations.  Praise the Lord, she experienced God’s miracle and is now the proud mother of two healthy boys.  She constantly witnesses to her husband on how God works in her life and prays for his salvation.  He slowly sees that God is real and is willing to pray with her.  Last Christmas, he even accompanied her to our Christmas worship service.

        Two weeks ago we were ministering in another city.  One early morning we received an urgent message from XiaoQin asking us to pray for her husband.  He owns a security company and carries his gun all the time.  Somehow the gun accidentally fired and the bullet went into his leg.  If it hit his knee, there would be serious consequences.  After he got to the hospital, the x-ray showed that the bullet made a 90 degree turn, bypassed the knee and lodged itself between the bones.  The doctor and all the medical staff at the hospital were amazed at the miracle.  He personally experienced God’s protection!

        God worked miracles in days of old; God works miracles nowadays.  God works miracles in South Africa; God works miracles where you are.  We believe that God continues to work miracles in our lives.  May we all proclaim His wonderful deeds among men!  XiaoQin’s husband’s faith was built on her faith, life testimonies and prayers.  We also need to pray for our spouse and help him/her to grow spiritually.

        When we first started to serve in Cape Town, we came in touch with a missionary in Zambia through an acquaintance in Hong Kong.  The missionary contacted us because one of his church members was coming to Cape Town to study.  That was how Sister Zheng came to our Cape Town church.  The family was brought to church by her father’s good friend, and the whole family came to know Christ.  She would not miss any opportunity to attend church meetings, and she grows in faith and knowledge of the Lord.  She will be finishing her study next week and returning to Zambia.

        As missionaries, we see people come and go.  We serve them at a certain stop in their lives.  Sometimes we lead people to Christ; sometimes we walk with them through a difficult journey; sometimes we give them help asking nothing in return.  Our goal is to point people to God.  It is such a humbling yet holy mission.  Every encounter is worthwhile!  Would you be willing to answer God’s call to go to the deep water and become fishers of men?

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for more missionaries to South Africa.
  2. Please pray for the three churches we serve and the co-workers in the churches. May God grant them faith, love and patience in their service.
  3. Please pray for continued rainfall in Cape Town.
  4. Please pray for the salvation of Ms. Liu. Her husband had no objection before on her coming to church.  However, a few weeks ago he brought an idol home and now refuses to let her come.
  5. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,       
Ko-Ta & Christina

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主豐富的預備,我們已買了一台二手車,代替那部時常壞的OPEL小車,可減省事工費中的汽車維修費。另一方面,感謝主垂聽禱告,文瀚的簽証申請過了第一關,可以在簽証續期時豁免勞工部的證明職位需求文件,接下來就是提交其餘所需文件,求神繼續帶領,深信一切都在神手中。

        最近接觸了幾個家庭,有的是在基督教家庭長大,父母信主,然而他們作子女的還未清楚接受主;有的對基督教有好感,卻沒有進入福音的核心(認罪悔改);我們便和他們傳福音,他們清楚後,願意認罪禱告接受主。求神堅固他們的信心。事實上,我們接觸的華人,大部份來自福清,有的是一條村信基督,另一條村是信佛的,他們注重群體信仰,上一輩信什麼,後輩都要跟從。因此向他們傳福音實在不容易,求神打開更多海外華人歸主的門。

        至於中文學校方面,在教學過程中,最開心的是看見生命的改變。有一位中文學校的同學,以前很少完成作業,最近自己主動完成寫字作業,連家長也察覺到,相信跟老師的耐心教導有關。求神繼續使用中文學校的服事,藉著探訪佈道,向家長和老師傳福音,把人帶到主面前。

        中文學校在父親節慶祝會中,我們唱了一首詩歌<活出愛>,鼓勵我們在家中實踐彼此相愛,文瀚分享<一位父親>,藉聖經中的浪子比喻,讓孩子和家長能認識天上的父。接著有表演:初小A班朗誦《獻給爸爸的詩》和初小B班表演三句半《好習慣》,學前班同學畫畫<我爸的樣子>送給爸爸,又有親子遊戲,大家都很投入。

獻給爸爸的詩

獻給爸爸的詩

表演三句半

表演三句半

        近日因房東要賣房子,我們要搬家。感謝主,找到合適的房子,而且靠近學校,甚至孩子可以走路上學。

代禱事項:

    1. 感謝主的供應,順利買了二手車,求主使用。
    2. 請為文瀚的簽証續期申請手續祈禱。
    3. 繼續為中文學校的需要和發展祈禱,求主使用這平台傳揚福音。
    4. 為未信主家人的身心靈健康祈禱。

主僕                        
文瀚、玉潔偕        
柏廉、柏謙、柏翹

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感謝天父恩典,以及弟兄姊妹的關心支持,杜文瀚宣教士夫婦更換汽車的籌款已經足夠。
願主親自報答大家的愛心!

杜文瀚宣教士婦——更換汽車籌款信

親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝你們過去13年支持我們的宣教工作,用禱告托住我們在南非的事奉。

        我們使用的小房車OPEL因長期走遠途,機件已經嚴重老化,它的車齡已超過12年(2006年出廠),最近多次在路上壞車(主要是離合器問題),要召喚拖車把車子送回廠修理。有次在短宣隊來作佈道期間壞車,結果要租車才能到東倫敦繼續短宣隊的佈道事奉。更加上維修零件費用昂貴,我們認為不值得再花金錢在這部車的維修上。因此我們決定向差會申請更換車子,以減省事工費中維修車子的開銷。

        更換汽車的申請已獲差會批准,我們會把OPEL汽車賣掉(Trade in),再購買一部二手的五人小房車,計劃如下:

        汽車牌子:VW或TOYOTA
        出廠年份:2017年左右
        車價:港幣HK$100,695(已扣除賣車OPEL所得費用)

        若你們有感動支持,請將奉獻以劃線支票擲回中福團各地區辦事處,支票背面註明奉獻用途為「杜文瀚更換汽車」。
        再次感謝你們的愛心支持!願上帝親自報答你們!

主僕
文瀚、玉潔

二O一八年四月四日

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親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝主為中文學校預備了四位新老師。首先,一位解老師代替那位已回國的老師。他有很好的中文水平,負責任教小學班,深信必能勝任。在未物色到解老師之前,文瀚也充當了幾週的代課老師,在預備教案,教學過程,整頓上課秩序及安排作業方面,都有很多的學習和體驗,更明白各位老師在教學背後默默地付出了很多。

        接著神預備了一位教當地成人中文班的老師,她是陳老師。因著有不少本地人來電查詢學中文之事情,我們再次開辦「成人中文班」來回應這個需要。更高興的是這位老師主動提出協助,「成人中文班」已正式開班了,盼望這個班能服侍更多本地人。

        還有一位張老師願意答應教幼兒班,其實幼兒班老師不容易物色,因為除了要有耐性之外,還需要有帶幼兒的經驗,引導三歲幼兒投入學校生活。我們更高興另有一位助教莊老師願意協助幼兒班。

        一切都是恩典。我們盼望有更多願意參與中文教學的弟兄姊妹前來協助,一同參與教學工作,並在教學中,以生命見証,傳揚福音。

        我們繼續定期參與東倫敦(East London)的福音工作。最近東倫敦的治安很差,幾個月內發生多起入屋行劫的案件,因此華人害怕晚上出門,也影響到聚會的人數。我們現在嘗試用微信查經方式,來鞏固弟兄姊妹的信心,並繼續定期探訪。求神打開更多傳福音的門,並切切為當地治安禱告。

        伊麗莎白港受旱災影響,目前水庫存水量不足25%,每一個巿民每天限制用水50公升。祈求神憐憫這地,降下更多雨水。也求神賜智慧,讓政府能用有效方法對抗旱災。

        文瀚的簽証正在辦理續期,仍在等候消息。請切切為這事祈禱。

        有一位長者去年回國,作身體檢查後發現患了癌症,跟著接受治療。病情危急時,在南非的女兒趕緊回國。回國後,她不斷在他耳邊講福音,勸他認罪悔改信耶穌,她爸爸果然有很大反應,邊聽著邊流淚,結果在母親、女兒和家人面前作了決志祈禱。第二天,他就安息了。感謝主拯救他!事實上,當她爸爸仍在南非的時候,我們時常探訪他,並向他傳福音,也跟他查考聖經,只是他那時未有正面回應,這次能在病中信主,我們為他獻上感恩。

代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主,為中文學校預備了合適的老師。求神繼續使用這平台傳揚福音。
  2. 請為東倫敦的治安和每月一次的探訪佈道工作祈禱。
  3. 為文瀚的簽証續期祈禱。
  4. 為南非的旱災祈禱,求神賜下雨水。
  5. 為剛信主的王爸爸的家人祈禱,求神賜下安慰。
  6. 為在港未信主家人身心靈健康祈禱。

主僕                        
文瀚、玉潔偕        
柏廉、柏謙、柏翹

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親愛的禱伴,主內平安:

        這兩個月在約堡及萊索托共有三個家庭由於工作及簽証關係離開南非,雖然知道「天下無不散之筵席」,但內心總有點失落。回想他們初來教會時感到很陌生,對神的認識還在探索階段,在查經小組中學習,漸漸明白主的心意,受浸歸主,對教會產生了歸屬感和承擔,投身事奉,多年合作相處後成為好伙伴。儘管大家心中存著一絲離愁別緒,但相信友誼是上帝一種特別祝福,願主看顧他們以後的生活,屬靈生命得以持續成長。

        香港國際短宣使團三月差派了短宣隊前來南非,隊員一行十人先後到了紐卡索基督教會及約堡福音教會,主領了十多場聚會,有針對不同對象的佈道訓練,也有探訪活動。這些不同性質講座有:氣球佈道法、如何使用「珍貴的福音」小冊子向成年人佈道及如何分辨異端等,隊員又到安老院以福音粵曲向長者傳達神愛世人的信息,教導手掌操,長者們都笑逐顏開。難得有一群青年人來關懷他們,又送禮物,整個大廳頓時充滿了朝氣;短宣隊也參與了跨文化的工作,教導本地的小孩子唱詩及以氣球傳遞福音,帶動現場一片歡樂氣氛,小孩子也情不自禁歡呼起來。盼望這些福音種子能在小小的心田中發芽成長。

感恩及代禱事項:

  1. 感謝主,約堡福音教會有幾位年青的弟兄很積極投入服事,求主加力,讓他們經歷服事的喜樂。
  2. 小兒子祉穎的大學將於四月底開始考試,求主加心力,體力,記憶力。
  3. 請為萊索托福音教會代禱,近日有弟兄姊妹因一些誤會,心中產生了疙瘩,因此也成為傳福音的攔阻,求主叫他們醒悟過來,免墮入魔鬼撒旦的圈套。

        謝謝您們與我們在宣教路上結伴同行,願福音廣傳,神的國繼續擴張,直到主來!

        祝主恩永隨!

國權,詠湘,祉愷,祉穎

短宣隊員教導扭氣球:你扭扭,我扭扭,扭出不同的花款,還可以告訴別人God is Love.

短宣隊員教導扭氣球:你扭扭,我扭扭,扭出不同的花款,
還可以告訴別人God is Love.

學習使用「珍貴的福音」佈道工具

學習使用「珍貴的福音」佈道工具

實戰,使用「珍貴的福音」作個人佈道

實戰,使用「珍貴的福音」作個人佈道

安老院的長者們都動起來,很開心

安老院的長者們都動起來,很開心

信耶穌真好!小朋友們都很雀躍!

信耶穌真好!小朋友們都很雀躍!

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親愛的代禱夥伴:

        十多年前在伊麗莎白港幫助事工時,我們就認識劉弟兄夫婦,那時他們開服裝店,孩子還沒對象,現在他們已做了爺爺和奶奶。幾年前他們搬到開普敦來重立基業,改行做糕餅麵食工廠。在南非,從事各行各業都有機會生存,當然對已上了年紀的他們並不容易,但基督的信仰給他們信心和力量堅持下去。他們深信是天父在供應他們,總是快快樂樂的,抱著希望的面對挑戰和失敗。每次探訪他們,總是聽到他們對神的感恩。雖然講到困難時也會請求替他們祈求,然仍總是充滿信心,知道神一定會幫助他們。南非麵粉品質和中國不同,所以他們生產的成品需要調整和研發,他們都能按部就班,謙卑的學習。他們生產的麵條特別爽口,一定加蛋,不加人工色素、添加劑和防腐劑,壓麵一定要壓到位,不怕生產費時。他們說賣吃的食品,不可以對人體有害。劉弟兄說他們的生產要對主負責,不要壞了基督的名聲。他們將聖經的教導「無論做甚麼,都要從心裡做,像是給主做的,不是給人做的」(西三23)實行在生活中,且有美好的見證。

        每次遇見劉弟兄夫婦的兒子和兒媳婦時,總是看見他們的笑容主動來打招呼。他們很細心的照顧著他們的爺爺和奶奶來教會聚會。你可以感覺到他們生活在一個快樂愛主的家庭中。他們的女兒(劉弟兄的孫女)雖然只有四歲,亦願意把玩具讓給別的孩子玩。每天開工,一家人在工廠裡,拉著手同心禱告,求主引領保守每天的生產及安全。劉弟兄夫婦不僅將基督的信仰生活出來,更將他們信仰承傳下去。

        劉弟兄夫婦有一對朋友張先生夫婦從中國來南非定居多年,與女兒女婿同住,並照顧兩個外孫女。但是,最近半年和新來居住的親家在相處上產生矛盾和困難,以至情緒失調,全家人的關係緊張,亦有暴力行為發生。他們從自已的立埸看事行事,所以糾結的很厲害。經由劉弟兄夫婦引見,我們這兩個月都去輔導張太太。目前事情稍有舒解,上次會面後,她發微信告知我們:「焦慮的心情放鬆很多,慶幸能認識你們,而且得到很大的幫助,我的心結在逐步打開,你們是上天派來解救我的恩人。」感謝主使用我們幫助了張太太,相信是神奇妙的安排,往開普敦幫助一位慕道友。她說她願意從閱讀微信資料來暸解基督教,請為張太太信主禱告。

        開普敦教會在南區週五晚上的查經班,參加的人很是踴躍。各人下班後就直接來我們的住處,先聚餐後查聖經。簡單的便食加上各人愛心帶來的佳餚和甜點,成了豐盛的一頓,大家盡情享用並閒話家常。每次查經之後,由於明天不用上班,不趕著回家的人就留下來聊天。在聚會中,在主裡的團契交流,讓每一個參加的人都感到溫馨。請你為這個聚會代禱,求主保守使用。

        最近德班教會週間的查經完成了查考新約書信,我們轉用專題式查經,上個星期開始了「基督徒與錢財」的專題,由教會同工帶領聚會。感謝主,大家都很感興趣,發言踴躍而且討論的很深入。本來預定一次研討的材料,只討論了一小部份,給帶領的同工很大的鼓勵和信心。求主使用她教導的恩賜,服事教會。

請你為這些事項代禱:

  1. 南非事工需要多位新宣教士,求主差派。
  2. 請為各個教會的同工代禱,求主興起同工,賜予恩賜使他們能承擔教會事工的需要。
  3. 請為南非西開普敦省所需要的雨水向主祈求。
  4. 請為開普敦的張太太,周姓慕道友,德班的吳女士及許教授信主代禱,求主幫助他們謙卑在神的面前。
  5. 請繼續為開普敦教會的事工代禱,我們想在北區新設立一個查經小組,求主引領。
  6. 請繼續為我們出外往各地事工及行車的安全代禱。

您的同工            
克達、雅麗        
二零一八年四月

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Dear Prayer Partners,

        I knew Brother Liu and his wife more than 10 years ago when I was helping with the ministry in Port Elizabeth.  They owned a retail shop at the time, and their son was still single.  They moved to Cape Town a few years ago and started a pastry factory.  Their son is now married with a daughter.  It is not easy for them to venture into a new business at their age, but their faith gives them strength and hope to face their failures as surmountable challenges.  Every time we visited them, there were no complains but joyful thanksgivings.  Even though they ask for prayers in their difficulties, they always have faith that God’s help is on its way.  Due to the different quality flour in South Africa, they had to test and revise their recipe so many times.  It was a long and humbling process.  The result, though, is a uniquely fresh and tasty product.  There are real eggs in the ingredients, but no preservative or additives.  They believe that they are responsible to God and would not produce food that can be harmful to the human body.  Christ’s reputation is at stake!  They are living out a real testimony of Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men …”

        Whenever we meet their son and daughter-in-law, they are always so pleasant and friendly.  When we take notice of how they care for their grandparents at church and how generously their little daughter shares her toys with other children, we see four generations of Christians living a blessed life together.  Every day before work, they will join their hands in prayer for The Lord’s leading and protection.  Brother Liu not only lives out his faith but also passes it on to the next generation.

        Brother Liu and his wife have known Mr. and Mrs. Zhang since they came to Cape Town to live with their daughter and son-in-law a few years ago.  They have been helping with caring for the two granddaughters since they were born.  The seemingly good life was disrupted when their son-in-law’s widowed mother came to live with them about six months ago.  There were different opinions on how the household should be run, and conflicts turned into violence.  Through Brother Liu and his wife, we were able to meet and counsel Mrs. Zhang these last two months.  After the last time we met, she sent us a WeChat message saying, “I am not so distressed now.  I am really grateful to have met you because you have helped me a lot.  I am starting to let things go.  You are my savior sent from heaven.”  We thank God for letting us to be His messenger to help Mrs. Zhang.  It is His amazing plan to fly us to Cape Town to meet her.  She also shows willingness to learn more about Christianity through the WeChat Christian sites we sent her.   Please pray for her salvation.

        The Bible study group at the south side of Cape Town has been growing.  It is now on Friday nights, and everyone comes to our apartment straight from work to have a home-made dinner before Bible study.  What usually starts as a simple meal quickly becomes a great feast with the various additional dish and desserts.  After Bible study, those who do not need to hurry home will stay and continue to chat.  Everyone enjoys the warm sharing and fellowship.   Please pray for this Bible study group.  May we learn to know the Lord and love one another more and more.

        The Tuesday Bible study group in Durban just finished the study of the New Testament.  We began a new approach to go by topics.  Last week was the first lesson on “Christian and Money” and was led by one of our co-workers.  Praise the Lord; there were great participations and discussions.  Even though she was only able to cover a small portion of the material, our co-worker was greatly encouraged.  May this be the beginning of her teaching ministry in the church.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for more missionaries to South Africa.
  2. Please pray for co-workers in the church. May God raise up more leaders with different gifts to serve together in the ministry.
  3. Please pray for rain in Cape Town.
  4. Please pray for the salvation of Mrs. Zhang and Mr. Zhou in Cape Town as well as Mrs. Wu and Professor Xu in Durban.
  5. Please continue to pray for the ministry in Cape Town. We are planning to start a second Bible study group on the north side of town.
  6. Please continue to pray for our safety as we travel to different cities and towns.

In His service,       
Ko-Ta & Christina

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杜文瀚宣教士婦——更換汽車籌款信

親愛的弟兄姊妹,主內平安:

        感謝你們過去13年支持我們的宣教工作,用禱告托住我們在南非的事奉。

        我們使用的小房車OPEL因長期走遠途,機件已經嚴重老化,它的車齡已超過12年(2006年出廠),最近多次在路上壞車(主要是離合器問題),要召喚拖車把車子送回廠修理。有次在短宣隊來作佈道期間壞車,結果要租車才能到東倫敦繼續短宣隊的佈道事奉。更加上維修零件費用昂貴,我們認為不值得再花金錢在這部車的維修上。因此我們決定向差會申請更換車子,以減省事工費中維修車子的開銷。

        更換汽車的申請已獲差會批准,我們會把OPEL汽車賣掉(Trade in),再購買一部二手的五人小房車,計劃如下:

        汽車牌子:VW或TOYOTA
        出廠年份:2017年左右
        車價:港幣HK$100,695(已扣除賣車OPEL所得費用)

        若你們有感動支持,請將奉獻以劃線支票擲回中福團各地區辦事處,支票背面註明奉獻用途為「杜文瀚更換汽車」。
        再次感謝你們的愛心支持!願上帝親自報答你們!

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